This weekend was full of upsets, but none were more surprising than the Big Green of Dartmouth taking down the Princeton Tigers.
Princeton had scored at least 10 goals in all of their games in 2013 until last Saturday. A gritty performance from the Dartmouth defense provided enough stopping power for their offense to keep pace throughout the game.
Dartmouth was led by junior Mike Olentine who recorded a hat trick in impressive fashion. He was able to beat his man off the dodge for unassisted goals that caused trouble for a young Princeton defense.
Eleven different members of the Dartmouth team recorded points, showing that they were able to spread the wealth on offense. Every time it looked like Princeton was gaining momentum, Dartmouth would find a way to answer. The Big Green found themselves in the game in the fourth quarter and, while being unfamiliar with that role, figured out a way to grind out the win.
The win was the third of the season for Dartmouth, which has been limping through conference play. This win is certainly the signature victory of the season, which is surprising for a team that looked like they had packed it in.
Princeton got two goals and two assists from Tom Schreiber, while freshman Jake Froccaro had a hat trick and added an assist. Luke Armour recorded three points in his second game back from injury.
Princeton must now win at home against Harvard on Friday before taking on Cornell the following week. The Tigers must rely on an Ivy League tournament victory as their route to the NCAA bracket. This is a bad loss for Princeton, who would have climbed a few spots with a victory.
Stay tuned this week for the new polls. With many upsets this weekend, it will be very interesting to see how the landscape looks as we head down the home stretch of the regular season.